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  • Lebanon man indicted for attempted murder

    Donnie R. Johnson Jr., 19, of 783 Howard Avenue in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court last week for criminal attempt to commit murder (two counts), first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts) and first-degree criminal mischief.

    According to the indictment, on or about April 21, Johnson shot at Timmon Hayden and Tonya Gootee with the intent to kill them. The indictment also reads that Johnson manifested extreme indifference to human life by engaging in conduct, which created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to at least two other people.

  • Enterprise files answer in defamation lawsuit

    The Lebanon Enterprise has filed a response in a defamation lawsuit filed by former Marion County Agriculture Extension Agent Ed Lanham.

    Lanham filed a civil defamation lawsuit March 20 against state livestock inspector David Thompson, The Lebanon Enterprise and Donald Brockman, a Campbellsville veterinarian who examined Lanham's horses after a March 21, 2008, search warrant was served.

    Attorney R. Keith Bond previously filed a reply on Brockman's behalf. Attorney Ashley Pack filed the reply on behalf of the Enterprise May 11.

  • Off with a BANG!

    Jordan Sims checked the angle of the bronze Napoleon canon. It was on target, so he raised his arms much like a referee signaling a touchdown.   The canon was ready to fire.

    Sims, 6, was part of a team that simulated the firing of the Civil War era canon under the guidance of re-enactors portraying the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery, one of the African-American Army units formed at Camp Nelson.

  • Memorial Day program May 24

    A Memorial Day program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Lebanon National Cemetery. The event is being hosted by VFW Post 5910.

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon will be the guest speaker during this year's event.

    Ben Ford will serve as the master of ceremonies.

    The Marion County High School ROTC and band and the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard will be participating in the ceremony.

    Local Boy and Girl Scout troops will be decorating the gravestones for the day's events. 

  • Be certain animals are dead before calling for pick-up

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said many animal producers are helping protect water supplies and the general public by participating in the county's dead animal removal service.

    While Mattingly appreciates the participation, he also urged producers to make sure their animals are dead before requesting the service.

  • Ex-ag agent's trial is scheduled for June

    Marion District Judge Amy Anderson has denied a motion on behalf of former Marion County agriculture extension agent Ed Lanham Jr. to suppress evidence found during a search of his property March 20, 2008.

    That search was conducted by David Thompson of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and it led to a search warrant being served on Lanham's property March 21, 2008.

    In the aftermath of that search, Lanham was indicted in May of 2008 for tampering with physical evidence and second-degree cruelty to animals.

  • 'Living historians' coming to Lebanon

    Saturday afternoon the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery will return to central Kentucky.

    The unit - or rather Civil War re-enactors portraying the unit - will set up camp at Centre Square May 16, for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Juneteenth Celebration.

    "Celebrating Lebanon's African Civil War Soldier" will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Johnston Field behind the convention center.

  • City council to revisit Sunday sales ordinance

    Junior Adams of the Cardinal Den visited the Lebanon City Council Monday to request a change to the city's Sunday alcohol sales ordinance.

    "It didn't help me any even though I worked on this thing kind of hard," he said.

    Adams said he also spoke with people at the Lebanon Country Club, and they had the same concerns.

  • Stimulus funding to help with road project

    Federal stimulus package money will provide $3.7 million to be used to build a connector route in Marion County. This was one of three projects approved April 24 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards committee.

    According to the announcement from the governor's office, Nally and Haydon Surfacing LLC will receive the grant. The stimulus money will be used to extend the Lebanon bypass from US 68 to Industrial Drive in Lebanon.

  • Storm debris clean-up wrapping up

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is informing the public that the clean-up from the ice storm is coming to a close.

    As a result, the staging areas - at the county transfer station on Fairground Road, in Lebanon at the corner of Mercer and Taylor avenues, in Raywick near the fire department and in Loretto near the former St. Francis Nursing Center - will be closing at the end of the month, according to Mattingly.

    He added that the county would appreciate it if homeowners could continue to haul their own debris to the staging areas.